Understanding the Different Types of Sex Crimes

A sex crime accusation has serious consequences and can impact the rest of your life, damaging your personal and professional reputation. There are many different types of sex crimes and if you have been accused of a sex crime, it is important to understand what the differences are between the types of sex crimes.

Indecency with a Child

Under Texas law, indecency with a child occurs when a person engages in sexual contact with a child or causes the child to engage in sexual contact, with the child being younger than 17 years of age. Indecency with a child can also occur when a person exposes themselves to a child or causes a child to expose themselves.

Indecent Exposure

Indecent exposure is committed when a person exposes any part of their genitals in order to arouse sexual desire. This can also be committed when a person is reckless about whether another person is present and would be offended.


In the state of Texas, the crime of prostitution is committed when a person knowingly engages in the exchange of sexual contact for a fee. It is also a crime to promote prostitution in Texas.

Public Lewdness

It is illegal in Texas to engage in sexual intercourse or sexual contact in a public space or in the presence of a person who will be offended.

Sexual Assault

Sexual assault constitutes a wide array of crimes and is committed when a person causes sexual contact to another person without consent.

Child Pornography

The possession of child pornography is illegal under Texas law and is committed when a person knowingly possesses material depicting a child younger than 18 engaging in sexual conduct.

Sex crimes carry serious consequences. While all sex crimes are not equal, they all carry stiff penalties and a cultural stigma. If you’ve been accused of a sex crime, you should contact a sexual assault lawyer immediately. Mary Beth Harrell has the experience and understanding to protect your rights. Contact us today at 254.312.2349 or use our contact form.